For part two of our Sign Language for Babies series, DadLabs heads back to the Priscilla Pond Flawn Child and Family Laboratory where one of their master teachers shows parents a few useful signs to use with their kids. Learn how directional signs can help dads and moms communicate with children and find out in they are hurt or need help. Learn how some signs can resolve conflict between toddlers. Signs for feelings can also help kids communicate.
Using Sign Language for Children Male: Today, the master teachers at the Priscilla Pond Flawn Child and Family Laboratory at the University of Texas teach us some useful signs. Male: We like to thank our sponsor, Baby Bjorn, makers of this wonderful chair. You know what I mean? Male: I’m going to guess paddy? Male: Paddy. Let’s watch some signs. Jennifer Bryce: Sharing with toddlers, when we have those communication episodes that break down communication. Often times it’s when they are hurt or when they’re sick, and it will be times of crying or stress where they aren’t able to communicate. So, one way as a parent or as a teacher, to communicate with that child is to ask them, “Are you hurt?” And this is the sign for hurt, and it’s a directional sign. So depending on where you signed this can help you ask the question, “Does your ear hurt? Is that why you’re crying? Does your throat hurt? Did you hurt your knee?” You can say, “Do you need help? Can I help you? And this is another directional sign of how. So can I help you or will you help me? If you have kids together, maybe in a classroom or siblings or a play date and they have conflicts over a toy, and it escalates. One way to help them communicate with each other is to maybe get signs in the middle of them like, “Can you guys share?” And it kind of separates them physically and helps cool down the situation a minute and kind of distracts them with the sign or could you help him or could you help her or will you give that to him. Or if it’s a little more serious, you can say, “Stop.” Kind of get right in the middle of them and try to maintain the space between them. Also, you can talk about feelings if someone has their feelings hurt. So they’re crying and they could be hurt but you don’t see blood. Say, “Are you sad?” Or “Are you mad?” “Are you angry?” “Did you get your feelings hurt?” And you can talk about feelings hurt, so you can build upon the signs. Male: We want to thank our good friends at the Priscilla Pond Flawn Child and Family Laboratory at the University of Texas. Male: We also like to thank our sponsors, Baby Bjorn, makers of this wonderful chair. Male: That’s all for us this week here in the lab.